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Since gaining my PGCE from Nottingham University in 2009, I have been teaching English in the Midlands. I have held the role literacy coordinator at my school for 6 years and recently took on the role of KS4 coordinator. I have been successful (and very lucky) to have gained 'Outstanding' in all lesson observations thus far.

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Since gaining my PGCE from Nottingham University in 2009, I have been teaching English in the Midlands. I have held the role literacy coordinator at my school for 6 years and recently took on the role of KS4 coordinator. I have been successful (and very lucky) to have gained 'Outstanding' in all lesson observations thus far.
Writing a formal letter for a job application. 1-9 GCSE letter. Writing skills A05 and A06.
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Writing a formal letter for a job application. 1-9 GCSE letter. Writing skills A05 and A06.

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A full lesson (recently observed as 'Outstanding') which depicts how to write a formal letter applying for a job. Based on the Edexcel's English Language (Paper 2) imaginative writing task. A fast-paced, pupil-led lesson with varied activities and integrated (graded) peer assessment. Worksheets are provided for differentiation of the task and a full lesson plan shows details of all activities (although the PPT is very straightforward anyway).
Speech writing: Structure, style and format.
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Speech writing: Structure, style and format.

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2 full lessons with worksheets and interactive activities detailing how to analyse persuasive writing, identify the features of a speech and create a well structured speech. Ideal for English Language GCSE. Suitable for HA KS3 classes and KS4. Made to fit the Edexcel English Language Specification (also attached) and grade boundaries from 3-7 (on presentation), which can be altered easily to accommodate HA or LA pupils. Objectives as per picture (fits some of AO2/AO4 criteria too). Visit my shop for more useful resources: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/PhilippaBrooks
Travel Brochure: Writing an advert. Persuasive Writing. 1-9 GCSE Language.
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Travel Brochure: Writing an advert. Persuasive Writing. 1-9 GCSE Language.

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A lesson detailing to pupils how to identify the features of an advert (linguistic and format) and recreate these in a writing task, based on the Edexcel English Language exam. Suitable for KS3 classes and KS4. A recently observed Ofsted 'Outstanding' lesson, with a clear presentation and attached worksheets. Suitable for all exam boards but designed for Edexcel English Language Specification (also attached) and grade boundaries from 3-6, which can be altered easily to accommodate HA or LA pupils. The lesson contains a think, pair, share starter. The main activity consists of a pupil led analysis of a series of adverts (designed to cover a range of language and structural features), an original writing task and finally the plenary consists of a peer assessment task (worksheet for this is attached). The entire lesson is pupil-led, containing fast-paced, engaging tasks. Learning objective. A05 :To use persuasive writing to create an advert in a travel brochure
Imaginative writing: Varying sentence structures for effect.
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Imaginative writing: Varying sentence structures for effect.

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Creative Writing. KS3 & KS4. Fits the Edexcel English Language Framework (can be used with all other exam board frameworks for creative writing). Preparation for both Paper 1 and 2. Objective 1 (AO2): To be able to identify a simple, compound and complex sentence and discuss their effect. Objective 2 (AO6): To be able to use a variety of sentence types to make your writing exciting to read. Objectives are the broken down into grade boundaries 2-6 from the GCSE 1-9 scale. includes a worksheet which can be set as homework.
Descriptive writing. A series of lessons. Focus: Travel Writing.
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Descriptive writing. A series of lessons. Focus: Travel Writing.

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A series of 5 lessons focusing on improving pupils descriptive writing. Lesson 1 focuses on increasing pupils use of adjectives. Lesson 2-3 focus on increasing pupils use of sensory imagery. Lesson 4 focuses on figurative language. Lesson 5 focuses on using effective punctuation and sentence structures. All lessons vary tasks and activities to create fun, engaging and well-paced lessons. All lessons use the 1-9 criteria and focus on A05 and A06.
Comparing Poems: No Problem and Half-Caste. Edexcel Conflict Poetry.
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Comparing Poems: No Problem and Half-Caste. Edexcel Conflict Poetry.

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A recently observed Ofsted 'Outstanding' lesson. Objective (A03): Grade 3: Make obvious point of comparison. Make simple comments on writers’ ideas and view points. Level 4: As above and makes some specific references to theme, language and structure. Level 5: Discusses a range of comparisons in some detail. Explains the writers’ ideas and viewpoints with quotations to support. Pupils complete a series of activities to build a framework to asses both poems. They then complete an analysis framework sheet and a series of P.E.E paragraphs (with a support sheet for LA pupils).
Letter Writing. A lesson in writing formal letters: structure, format and style.
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Letter Writing. A lesson in writing formal letters: structure, format and style.

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A full lesson (recently observed as 'Outstanding') which depicts how to write a formal letter applying for a job. Based on the Edexcel's English Language (Paper 2) imaginative writing task. A fast-paced, pupil-led lesson with varied activities and integrated (graded) peer assessment. Worksheets are provided for differentiation of the task and a full lesson plan shows details of all activities (although the PPT is very straightforward anyway). Visit my shop for more useful resources: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/PhilippaBrooks
KS3 and KS4 Baseline test to determine 1-9 levels. Based on extracts from Edexcel GCSE Lang papers.
PhilippaBrooks

KS3 and KS4 Baseline test to determine 1-9 levels. Based on extracts from Edexcel GCSE Lang papers.

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A clear and easy to follow baseline for pupils in KS3 and KS4. Features a short extract from 'The Boy in The Striped Pyjamas' and 3 comprehension activities designed to text student ability to retrieve information, identify language features and discuss the effect of individual words and phrases on the reader. There is then the choice of two imaginative writing tasks. The paper is essentially a miniature and more widely accessible version of the GCSE English Language paper pupils will sit at the end of KS4.
Writing a Persuasive Speech. 2 Lessons. Edexcel GCSE Language 1-9. A02, A05.
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Writing a Persuasive Speech. 2 Lessons. Edexcel GCSE Language 1-9. A02, A05.

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2 full lessons with worksheets and interactive activities detailing how to analyse persuasive writing, identify the features of a speech and create a well structured speech. Ideal for English Language paper 1 Suitable for HA KS3 classes and KS4. An Ofsted Outstanding lesson (put into practise recently). Edexcel English Language Specification (also attached) and grade boundaries from 3-7 (on presentation), which can be altered easily to accommodate HA or LA pupils. Objectives as per picture (fits some of AO2/AO4 criteria too). Visit my shop for more useful resources: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/PhilippaBrooks
A Level English. An Introduction to or the revision of the basic frameworks. Lexis, phonology, graphology, syntax, pragmatics and semantics.
PhilippaBrooks

A Level English. An Introduction to or the revision of the basic frameworks. Lexis, phonology, graphology, syntax, pragmatics and semantics.

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A series of lessons designed to fit the new AQA syllabus. Each full lesson gives an introduction to the course and a lesson in one of the basic frameworks of textual analysis. All activities are fast paced, varied, pupil led and promote independent analysis. There is a lesson plan provided for lesson and an accompanying worksheet.
Simple, compound and complex sentences. A lesson in identifying and varying sentence types
PhilippaBrooks

Simple, compound and complex sentences. A lesson in identifying and varying sentence types

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Creative Writing. KS3 & KS4. Fits the Edexcel English Language Framework (can be used with all other exam board frameworks for creative writing). Preparation for both Paper 1 and 2. Objective 1 (AO2): To be able to identify a simple, compound and complex sentence and discuss their effect. Objective 2 (AO6): To be able to use a variety of sentence types to make your writing exciting to read. Objectives are the broken down into grade boundaries 2-6 from the GCSE 1-9 scale. Contains a worksheet that can be done for homework. Engaging and fast paced activities to make sentence structures exciting.
A Level English Language. Original Writing Commentary Support Sheet.
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A Level English Language. Original Writing Commentary Support Sheet.

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An 8 page hand-out deigned to guide pupils through the process of writing a commentary for their original writing. This includes: a two page guide on how to structure a commentary (including key questions to promote individual analysis); an assessment task where examples of varying grades have been given and pupils have to allocate grades using the marking criteria and self assessment grid to ensure all of the basic frameworks of language have been covered. It is ideally given to pupils before writing their original piece to keep the commentary in mind throughout. An excellent tool to improve students grades with independent study.
A Level English langauge. An introduction: Phonology
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A Level English langauge. An introduction: Phonology

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Designed to fit the new AQA syllabus - this full lesson gives and introduction to the course and a lesson in one of the basic frameworks of textual analysis: Phonology. All activities are fast paced, varied, pupil led and promote independent analysis. There is a lesson plan provided for ease and an accompanying worksheet.
Original Writing Commentary Worksheet
PhilippaBrooks

Original Writing Commentary Worksheet

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An 8 page hand-out deigned to guide pupils through the process of writing a commentary for their original writing. This includes: a two page guide on how to structure a commentary (including key questions to promote individual analysis); an assessment task where examples of varying grades have been given and pupils have to allocate grades using the marking criteria and self assessment grid to ensure all of the basic frameworks of language have been covered. It is ideally given to pupils before writing their original piece to keep the commentary in mind throughout. An excellent tool to improve students grades with independent study.
Travel Writing: 8 lessons focusing on non-fiction text analysis and improving persuasive and descriptive writing skills.
PhilippaBrooks

Travel Writing: 8 lessons focusing on non-fiction text analysis and improving persuasive and descriptive writing skills.

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A series of 8 lessons. 5 Lessons focusing on improving pupils descriptive writing. Lesson 1 focuses on increasing pupils use of adjectives. Lesson 2-3 focus on increasing pupils use of sensory imagery. Lesson 4 focuses on figurative language. Lesson 5 focuses on using effective punctuation and sentence structures. 3 lessons focusing on the format of Non-Fiction texts. 1 / 2- Letters and reviews 3 -Adverts. All lessons vary tasks and activities to create fun, engaging and well-paced lessons. All lessons use the 1-9 criteria and focus on A05 and A06.
Comparing 'No Problem' by Benjamin Zephaniah and 'Half-Caste' By John Agard.  Conflict Poetry.
PhilippaBrooks

Comparing 'No Problem' by Benjamin Zephaniah and 'Half-Caste' By John Agard. Conflict Poetry.

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A recently observed Ofsted 'Outstanding' lesson. Objective (A03): Grade 3: Make obvious point of comparison. Make simple comments on writers’ ideas and view points. Level 4: As above and makes some specific references to theme, language and structure. Level 5: Discusses a range of comparisons in some detail. Explains the writers’ ideas and viewpoints with quotations to support. Pupils complete a series of activities to build a framework to asses both poems. They then complete an analysis framework sheet and a series of P.E.E paragraphs (with a support sheet for LA pupils).
Semantics and Pragmatics
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Semantics and Pragmatics

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Three full lessons introducing or revising pragmatics and semantics. Suitable for High ability KS4, but intended for A Level English Language (AQA new spec). Fast paced and engaging activities that promote independent learners.
Charity leaflets. Investigating persuasive writing. GCSE 1-9. English Language.
PhilippaBrooks

Charity leaflets. Investigating persuasive writing. GCSE 1-9. English Language.

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A full lesson detailing how to analyse persuasive writing. Ideal for English Language paper 1 Suitable for HA KS3 classes and KS4. A recently observed Ofsted 'Outstanding' lesson, with a clear lesson plan showing detailed differentiation. Suitable for all exam boards but designed for Edexcel English Language Specification (also attached) and grade boundaries from 3-6, which can be altered easily to accommodate HA or LA pupils. Objectives as below (fits some of AO2/AO4 criteria too). Objectives AO1: Grade 3: Identify a selection of persuasive language techniques. Grade 4: Make some comment on a persuasive language technique. Grade 5: Discuss the effect of a selection of persuasive language techniques. Grade 6: Discuss in detail the effect of a selection of persuasive language techniques on the reader and how this fits the purpose of the text.